Distance learning, or e-learning, has gained popularity recently with the increase in online classes, both as established university and college courses and also as back-up and emergency options for K-12. Employers are also utilizing e-learning in their training programs. So how can your organization get set up for e-learning, and what are some of the benefits?
Benefits of E-Learning
While it may be necessary in emergency scenarios, e-learning is also beneficial for regular schooling and training.
E-learning saves time and money. For student, teacher and employee commuters, e-learning allows them to access content without traveling, saving expenses and time both for them and for the organization. Not having printed materials also offers the added bonus of helping to reduce paper waste. Of course, eliminating travel and interaction also helps prevent the spread of illness during peak seasons.
E-learning can also increase retention. Breaking information down into bite-sized courses helps children, in particular, stay focused throughout the class. E-Learning also creates interactive content in a way that traditional classrooms don’t. Presenting information in a video rather than text is more engaging to viewers of all ages. The more engaging and enjoyable the content is, the better the learners remember the information.
It also allows each person to work at their own pace and on their own schedule. This gives students more time to digest the information before moving on and allows others to learn when it’s most convenient for them. For online training courses, e-learning provides a consistent experience for everyone, ensuring all employees are given the same information and nothing gets left out.
How to Get Started
Once you’ve decided to move forward with online learning, the next step is getting it set up. There are multiple platforms available to help manage your e-learning courses.
Zoom is an online learning platform that caters to both corporate and education clients. Zoom is designed to work with equipment already in place to help your e-learning courses run smoothly with high-quality video, content sharing, and allows video streaming to a live audience as well as recording for later viewing.
Webex and Microsoft Teams can also be used in online learning. Webex offers video conferencing solutions which can be used for video chatting between students or instructors, and also features webinar capabilities, allowing instructors to give lectures or lessons to a larger live audience as well as smaller break-out sessions among students. Microsoft Teams allows for chat among participants as well as co-authored files to create a collaborative experience. File sharing and storage is centralized for simplified organization that keeps everyone on task.
As we adapt to new learning needs that will continue to evolve with the times and technology, it is great to know there are options that can be deployed quickly and intuitively around your specific situation. Let us know how we can assist.